Onwueme's cultural influences and aesthetic kinships ...span a good stretch of the Afrocentric, Eurocentric, and multicultural rainbow: oral literature and folklore, Elizabethan (especially Shakespeare) and modern European drama, African and black diasporan expression . Among her literary soulmates are Wole Soyinka, Ama Ata Aidoo, Samuel Beckett, Derek Walcott, John Pepper Clark, Albert Camus, Chinua Achebe, Toni Morrison, Anton Chekov, Femi Osofisan, Ngugi wa Thiongo'o, George Bernard Shaw, Athol Fugard, August Wilson, Amos Tutuola, Gloria Naylor , Buchi Emecheta, Dennis Brutus, Alex LaGuma, Mariama Ba, and Sembene Ousmane.
Redmond, Eugene. "Foreword." Three Plays: An Anthology of Three Plays by Tess Onwueme. Detroit: Wayne State University Press.